My professor asked me to spend some time thinking about “white” and then to design a project inspired by the concept of white. I started off just by taking a walk and observing the whiteness around me (i.e. white people, white gloves worn by taxi drivers, white bridal gowns, white pills, etc.). I then hopped online and googled white until I narrowed my focus on white as a symbol of purity and innocence. I noticed religion occupied this motif in particular and delved more specifically into Catholicism. I also was drawn to the science of white light as a combination of all the colors in the rainbow. When broken up, white becomes a conglomeration of every color. It contains everything while showing nothing. In this way, I wanted to juxtapose science and religion as embodying very different meanings of white. I combined texts from the Bible and Sir Isaac Newton's original "Opticks: Or a Treatise on the Reflexions, Refractions and Inflections, and Colors of Light." By interweaving mentions of white from these texts and editing them into a new story, I attempt to show these ideas in a new light.
I went into the photo studio and tried to create interesting representations of type and image by projecting my selected quotes onto white fabrics. On some of the pages, I used a prism (inspired by Sir Isaac Newton himself) to break up the projected text and create interesting and unexpected typographical elements.
The final photos in my book are more gray than white, which is intended to bring out the white text and show the complexity of the color in both science and religion. I wanted to allow the audience to experience the work as much as possible so an accordion book felt appropriate to force the user to engage with the material in a delicate fashion. The accordion also allows the images to blend into each other seamlessly as well as off the page, thus connecting my chosen texts even further. I finally created a book cover to protect the white board covers and force the user to unpack the material.